Alaska Railroad tracks north of Talkeetna, which had been closed Saturday by flooding from ice jams on the Susitna River, have reopened after extensive work over the past several days.

Water and ice had blocked roughly three miles of track near Curry on Saturday, according to the railroad, with two miles completely submerged. Those tracks reopened overnight Tuesday, spokesman Tim Sullivan Jr. said.

A freight train between Anchorage and Fairbanks had already traveled along the previously blocked section overnight, according to Sullivan, and the first passenger train – the seasonal Denali Star – left Anchorage at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The full cost of work required to clear the tracks was still being determined by railroad officials.

“Once we get everything accounted for, which is going to take a few weeks, it’s going to be over a million dollars,” Sullivan said.

Liz Raines contributed information to this story.

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